Dover International Speedway and NASCAR confirmed this morning that the “Monster Mile” got an overnight concrete patch on the inside of Turn 4.
Multiple reports from media members in Dover say that the patch measures 12×12 and goes down four inches deep. Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News says that rebar was put in before the concrete was poured over; it was expected to be cured in time for today’s AAA 400, which gets started shortly.
Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer tweeted a photo of the area in question:
Dover officials surely hope the patch, reportedly implemented as a proactive safety measure following yesterday’s Nationwide race, will prevent a repeat of what occurred there during the FedEx 400 in June.
In the first half of that race, a piece of concrete came up from the racing surface and inflicted front end damage to the car of Jamie McMurray. Upon impact with the car, smaller bits of the concrete flew up and broke the windows of the crossover walkway over Dover’s Turn 2.
The race was red-flagged for a short time as crews worked to repair both the racing surface and the crossover. After the race, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said that no problems with the track had been spotted by officials during the morning of the event.